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Sew in love: For 26 years, Chinese seamstress has kept traditional Malay costumes alive

For 26 years, this Chinese seamstress has kept traditional Malay costumes alive with her customised designs

Needles and thread were never far away when Madam Lie Hong Haw was growing up, so it was inevitable that sewing would become the guiding passion in her life.

As a child growing up in Medan in Indonesia, Madam Lie, 64, was often by the side of her eldest sister, a seamstress. Their parents had settled in Medan after leaving Fuzhou, China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2019, with the headline 'Sew in love'. Print Edition | Subscribe